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Regulus Press Announces
ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS


15 May 2019 — Regulus Press announces the publication of On the Orient Express — A daring act of narrative appropriation, modification, and reinterpretation. By altering an event early in Christie's novel — there is no murder — the remaining text must re-adjust to accommodate the absence of the crime. The result is a transformation of the original novel into something entirely different: an expression of redemption rather than of revenge. By holding up a near-perfect mirror to the original text — nudging it as little as possible — certain conflicts otherwise neglected in Christie's work are exposed: notably, our urge to wound vs. our desire to heal. On the Orient Express is a parody, but it's also an academic exploration of the work, raising questions about creative appropriation, narrative reinterpretation, and the means of critical analysis. It is not intended to diminish the entertainment or market value of the original work, but rather to expand the ways we can think about it, academic criticism, and art in general.   ☆   “It's as if someone returned from an alternate universe and handed you a copy of Christie's alternate novel.” (Marta von Baugh, Verbal Helix)   ☆   “The transformation of Christie’s text is simple but ingenious.” (re/ART)   ★   Signed Limited First Edition available only from Regulus Press. Standard Second Edition also available.


Regulus Press Announces
THE SECOND LITERARY TAXIDERMY COMPETITION


19 March 2019 — Regulus Press announces the Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition for 2019. The competition awards original works of short fiction under 2500 words, and is open to all writers, in all genres. The catch: We provide your opening and closing lines chosen from a classic work of literature — you provide the rest. Last year, aspiring writers were offered the opening and closing lines from The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett, Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll, and "A Telephone Call" by Dorothy Parker. This year, the opening and closing lines come from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The winning story will receive USD $500 and runners-up will receive USD $50. In addition, winners and runners-up will be published by Regulus Press in a forthcoming 2019 Anthology of Literary Taxidermy. The competition is open to professional and amateur writers from around the globe, and this year's judges include Catherine Barnett, Kelley Eskridge, Christine S. O'Brien, Brian Parks, Michael Pronko, Becky Selengut, Melora Wolff, and Nisi Shawl. . The idea originated in a book of short stories called The Gymnasium by Mark Malamud. You can read all about last year's competition here: The 2018 Competition.  ★   Visit Competition Website.


Regulus Press Announces
A POCKETFUL OF FISH


9 March 2019 — Regulus Press announces the release of an omnibus collection of poetry by Choo 3T Fish, bringing together in one volume several of his most popular collections of poetry, including Swimming through the Darkness; Roe, Row, Roe Your Boat; and Will You Hold My Breath. Born in China, but greatly influenced by his graduate studies at Harvard in the early 1960s, Mr. Fish is considered one of North America's most redoubtable poets, credited with coining the phrase "iambic rentameter," originally to describe his own work.   ☆   “You cannot understand the arc of the arts in the last-half of the 20th Century without a thorough grounding in the poetry of Choo 3T Fish." (Richard Bledsoe, National Poet Laureate)   ☆   “Like the lark at break of day arising from sullen earth, these poems rise like a bloated deep-sea mackeral from the stony abyss. There is something profoundly life-altering in the poetry of Choo 3T Fish." (Jai Whills, Gendertermined)   ☆   “The short poem 'love tuna wobble-wobble' quite literally changed the course my life." (Dash Hilary, Riker's Review)   ☆   “Between the Beats and the Fluxists is the Fish." (Saryn Serantelli, Norton's Poetry Review)   ☆   “Delightfully fishy poetry." (Karen Colt)   ★   Available Now.


Regulus Press Announces
2018 LITERARY TAXIDERMY COMPETITION RESULTS


2 November 2018 — Regulus Press announces the finalists and winners of the Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition; and, thanks to the incredible response to this year's competition and the outstanding quality of the submissions, has published not one, not two, but three anthologies of literary taxidermy. ONE THING WAS CERTAIN includes the finalists and winning story from the Lewis Carroll contest, AGAINST THE BAR includes the finalists and winning story from the Dashiell Hammett contest, and TELEPHONE ME NOW includes the finalists and winning story from the Dorothy Parker contest. Writers, professional and amateur, came from around the globe — including the United States, Canada, Germany, Belgium, France, China, India, New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom. And this year's three competition winners came from the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Each anthology contains sixteen to twenty stories, selected anonymously by the editors of Regulus Press and the competition's judges. All three anthologies of literary taxidermy are available now. Don't miss what Stephen Ross Capulet calls "A re-invention of the re-write, perhaps even a re-invention of the short story itself."   ★   Visit Competition Website.


Regulus Press Announces
2018 LITERARY TAXIDERMY COMPETITION


5 March 2018 — Regulus Press announces the Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition. The competition awards original works of short fiction under 3000 words, and is open to all writers, in all genres. The catch: We provide your opening and closing lines chosen from a classic work of literature. You provide the rest. Aspiring writers will be offered the opening and closing lines from The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett, Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll, and "A Telephone Call" by Dorothy Parker. Three winning stories will be selected, for a total prize of $1500. In addition, winners and runners-up will be published by Regulus Press in a forthcoming 2018 Anthology of Literary Taxidermy. The competition is open to professional, amateur, and first-time writers from around the globe — including the United States, Canada, Germany, Belgium, France, China, India, New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Judges include Catherine Barnett, Kelley Eskridge, Holly Kowitt, Brian Parks, Michael Pronko, Becky Selengut, Stephen Graham Jones, and Nisi Shawl. The idea originated in a book of short stories called The Gymnasium by Mark Malamud. The competition closes on the 4th of June, 2018.   ★   Visit Competition Website.


Regulus Press Announces
THE GYMNASIUM


11 January 2018 — Regulus Press is pleased to announce the immediate availability of a new collection of short stories by Mark Malamud called The Gymnasium, an exercise in “literary taxidermy” by the author of Float the Pooch. By “re-stuffing” what goes in-between the opening and closing lines of classic works by Milan Kundera, Philip K. Dick, Thomas Wolfe, Ian Fleming, and others, the author has crafted 19 new and wholly-original fictions.   ☆   “At turns funny, sad, serious, and surreal — none of these stories will let you down.” (Robert Kramer)   ☆   “Imagine taking the opening and closing sentences of Lord of the Flies or Casino Royale, and then crafting your own narrative between their unique starting and ending points. The Gymnasium is an exercise in literary what-if, an alternate reality in which the surprisingly original emerges from the hauntingly familiar." (Henry Beecham)   ☆   “Truly remarkable. It's a kind of literary remixing.” (N D King)   ☆   “A pleasurable romp, a new way to think about classic fiction.” (Literature & Taxes)   ☆   “A roller-coaster of styles and voices, all anchored to the simple but powerful idea of re-imagining someone else's words as your own.” (Storycraft)   ★   Available Now.


Regulus Press Announces
FLOAT THE POOCH


1 February 2016 — Regulus Press announces the availability of the new novel by Mark Malamud, Float the Pooch. The novel tells the story of Disco Rigido, charismatic kingpin of black-market libidinal software, who spreads mayhem throughout the world for the benefit of an ancient extraterrestrial intelligence that uses life on Earth as a substrate for procreation; while Doctor Memory, a back-alley neurosurgeon dressed as a rabbi, tries to save what's left of humanity. Seamlessly interweaving elements of an all-too-real future with mind-bending inventions and hallucinogenic flourishes, Float the Pooch is mesmerizing, hilarious, and utterly original, a novel that folds back on itself.  ☆   "Creation myth or nightmare? Perhaps both." (Hal Sonderburg)   ☆   "A wild, loopy romp to another universe." (Emma Strand)   ☆   "Float the Pooch is packed with ironic geniuses, art museum shoot-outs, sex in new forms, and great one-liners. Few other novels would dare guest star Stanley Kubrick and David Bowie, nor put them to such great story purposes." (Michael J. Pronko)   ☆   "Part science-fiction, part technological thriller, and part hard-boiled Yiddish theatre, Float the Pooch pits sex against life, life against meaning, and — incredibly — David Bowie against Stanley Kubrick." (Tatyana Wjekeslava)   ★   Available Now.